Monday, May 25, 2015
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Maple Leafs Hot Stove provides any and all breaking news for the Maple Leafs.

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Links: Maple Leafs Revisionist History: 1984-85 misery Sportsnet #LeafsAsAMovie shows at least Leaf fans can laugh at a terrible season  Toronto Star  NHL off-season mercifully approaches, but who should the Leafs keep? G&M Maple Leafs officially out of playoffs, but it's clear they stopped caring long ago 62 Toronto Sun Rumors: Sharks, Leafs, Flames, Cap, Sabres, Kings, Sens and Wild MyNHLTradeRumours.com
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His second suspension in his 243-game career sees Nazem Kadri sidelined for the next four games and out $141,463 in salary. The infraction is similar to his first last November against Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom, where he clips the head of a vulnerable player; not with a high hit or an extension of his elbow, but both were deemed a reckless collision due to the path he's taken to the puck and his failure to attempt to avoid contact with the head. Explanation provided by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
Randy Carlyle Peter Horachek

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When the Maple Leafs fired Randy Carlyle 40 games into the season, their record stood at 21-16-3. They are 6-22-3 since then. On the surface, that is nothing but ugly and it has led to some half-sarcastic comments suggesting Carlyle should win coach of the year. Let’s explore it. The first thing to note is that, while the team was technically in a playoff position by overall points, they were not by points percentage. Throughout the season, the constant discrepancies in games played between teams mean there is more value in looking at points per game compared to overall points. The Leafs were...

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The depressing thing about the current state of the Leafs is that the first period, which saw them fall behind 4-0 in just eleven minutes, was their best of the Western road trip in terms of chances. It was still bad, but they were only out-chanced 7-4 at ES. The problem was that Jonathan Bernier struggled, which left the Leafs chasing the game early. The Leafs managed to pick up their play  once the score was lopsided, and managed the better of the chances in the second, but didn't get a goal. However, that pressure didn't keep up in the...

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Thrilling blockbuster between two heavyweights tonight in Edmonton. Maple Leafs Projected Lines Richard Panik - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel James van Riemsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Joffrey Lupul Leo Komarov - Trevor Smith - David Booth Joakim Lindstrom - Zach Sill - Brandon Kozun Eric Brewer - Morgan Rielly Jake Gardiner - Dion Phaneuf TJ Brennan - Andrew MacWilliam Jonathan Bernier James Reimer Scratched: Tim Erixon Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia), Nathan Horton (concussion), Peter Holland Edmonton Oilers Projected Lines Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle Teddy Purcell - Derek Roy - Nail Yakupov Ryan Hamilton - Anton Lander - Matt Fraser Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Rob Klinkhammer Oscar Klefbom -...

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The Leafs again had a terrible first period, in what's become a trend in recent games.   While they at least managed some chances at even strength, they also allowed Vancouver to run rampant, out-chancing them 11-4, and they were fortunate not to end the period down by more than one. Two quick goals halfway through the second opened up Vancouver's lead, and while Toronto had a number of power-plays, they couldn't score. They finally scored a goal in the second half of the final period, but the Canucks totally shut the game down after that, and Kessel's penalty shot was...

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Maple Leafs Projected Lines Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel James van Riemsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Richard Panik Leo Komarov - Peter Holland - David Booth Zach Sill - Trevor Smith - Joakim Lindstrom/Brandon Kozun Eric Brewer - Morgan Rielly Dion Phaneuf - Jake Gardiner TJ Brennan - Andrew MacWilliam Tim Erixon Jonathan Bernier James Reimer Scratched: TBA Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia), Nathan Horton (concussion) Vancouver Canucks Projected Lines Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Zack Kassian Shawn Matthias - Nick Bonino - Radim Vrbata Chris Higgins - Brad Richardson - Alexandre Burrows Derek Dorsett - Bo Horvat - Jannik Hansen Alexander Edler – Christopher Tanev Dan Hamuis - Kevin Bieksa Luca Sbisa -...

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Toronto have had some horrible starts this year, but this was one of the worst. They didn't generate a single even strength chance in the first period, and managed to give up two goals on a five minute major power-play. An early Flames goal in the second put them even further behind, and it was only after the score reached 5-1 for Calgary that Toronto began to generate some chances. In fact, the Leafs dominated the rest of the second period, but they weren't able to cut the lead down. They did get within three early in the third, but...

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Nazem Kadri sits out one more while TJ Brennan may make his Leaf debut (won't know 'till gametime). Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Peter Holland - Richard Panik Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Leo Komarov - Trevor Smith - David Booth Joakim Lindstrom - Zach Sill - Brandon Kozun Eric Brewer - Morgan Rielly Dion Phaneuf - Jake Gardiner Tim Erixon - Andrew MacWilliam TJ Brennan James Reimer Jonathan Bernier Scratched: Nazem Kadri Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia), Nathan Horton (concussion) Calgary Flames Projected Lines Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler Lance Bouma - Mikael Backlund - David Jones Mason Raymond - Josh Jooris - Joe...
Nazem Kadri - 10/19/13

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Nazem Kadri speaks with the media following Friday's morning skate. He will serve the final scratch of a three-game club suspension in Calgary.
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Short documentary: Regardless of whether you are a fan, a member of the media, a coach, or a player, there are many lenses through which to see the Leafs. After months of scrutiny and uncertainty, though, the focus now pulls back to the Big Picture.

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Three goals in a wild two minute stretch left Toronto and Buffalo tied after the first period, with the two teams being nearly level in chances as well. Both coaches must have been unhappy with the defensive effort shown, and in the second period the chances dried up. Unfortunately for Toronto, the Sabres began to press in the second half of the frame, getting a go-ahead goal, and out-chancing Toronto 5-1. Now chasing the game, the Leafs had one of their best offensive periods of the season in the third, generating sixteen chances, including several on the power-play. They were...

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It looks like Nazem Kadri's lesson on the sidelines is going to be a three-game affair. He won't play tonight or Friday in Calgary. This isn't likely something the Leafs do if they're in the middle of a playoff chase, but with a few of their veterans getting shut down for the season with injuries and the tank fully on, Leafs management seems to be taking the opportunity to teach Kadri a lesson for what Shanahan described as a pattern of unprofessional behaviour. And they're choosing to do it very publicly, which screams "desperation measure" after the past few months...

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Next to zero chance the Leafs catch Arizona, Edmonton or Buffalo at this stage, but they fell back into fourth last with Carolina's point against Columbus last night, which was conveniently 3-point game among the two teams closest to the Leafs in the standings. Wednesday Links: Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook - March 10 (MLHS) Phaneuf is a lightning rod and that makes it tough to cut through the nonsense and see his real value. On a team like Detroit, they have a defense with Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathon Ericsson, Kyle Quincey and now Marek Zidlicky (along with some decent young players); he...

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After a terrible game on Saturday, the Leafs had a strong response, with one of their best first periods in a while. They had the better of the chances, and were rewarded in the last couple of minutes when David Booth scored. The Islanders were much better in the second, and after Peter Holland managed a goal to double Toronto's lead, New York made a real push to get back into the game. The Islanders had four of the first five chances in the third, along with a goal, but James Van Riemsdyk gave Toronto some insurance. That didn't last,...

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The Maple Leafs are icing a definitively tank-friendly lineup tonight in a meeting with the second-place team in the East, the New York Islanders. Lineup Notes: Nazem Kadri is scratched as a disciplinary measure after sleeping in and missing a team meeting yesterday. Roman Polak has been shut down for the rest of the season to undergo a hernia procedure. Stephane Robidas has been shut down for the rest of the season to undergo shoulder surgery. Kadri addresses media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC-jazgzhb0&t=143 Here is what is left of the Leafs lineup: Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Leo Komarov - Peter Holland - Richard Panik Joffrey Lupul...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs St. Louis Blues

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Through the first fourteen minutes the Leafs were being badly out-chanced by St. Louis, as Toronto didn't have an ES chance, but the game was still scoreless. That didn't last, as St. Louis got three goals in just under five minutes, breaking the game open and building a lead the Leafs would never challenge. Toronto were out-chanced 8-0 at ES in the first, one of their worst periods of the season. While the last forty minutes were better in terms of chances, St. Louis continued to pile on the goals, easily pulling away for the win. You can see just how...

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It seems to be theme of the 2014-15 Maple Leafs season -- just when you think we're at rock bottom, it finds a way to get worse. https://twitter.com/swhyno/status/574609521768792066 https://twitter.com/swhyno/status/574610498727116801 Sunday Links: Jonas Siegel: Interim Leafs coach wading through rough term (TSN.ca) “There was no effort,” he said painfully afterward. “You never want your team to come into a game without the highest possible effort and approach to the game. There are no real excuses for it so I’m not going to make any. That’s unacceptable for me. I’m not happy about it.” I Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs’ loss met with apathy, acceptance (Sportsnet.ca) What might have been most notable...

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St. Louis Blues Projected Lines Alexander Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie Jaden Schwartz - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Tarasenko Dmitrij Jaskin - Paul Stastny - Patrik Berglund Steve Ott - Olli Jokinen - Ryan Reaves Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo Petteri Lindbohm - Jay Bouwmeester Barret Jackman - Robert Bortuzzo Brian Elliott Jake Allen Scratched: Chris Butler, Chris Porter, Marcel Goc Injured: Kevin Shattenkirk (abdomen), Zbynek Michalek (upper body) Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - Richard Panik Leo Komarov - Peter Holland - David Booth Zach Sill - Trevor Smith - Joakim Lindstrom Dion Phaneuf - Jake Gardiner Morgan Rielly -...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning

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Toronto struggled early, falling behind 7-4 in chances and 2-0 on the scoreboard. They figured things out in the second period, as they were able to out-chance the Lightning, and while it was an open period with plenty of chances both ways, Toronto scored the only goal. That meant they were down only one, and had the chance to chase in the third. Unfortunately, the third period was terrible from Toronto, surrendering 11 of the first 14 chances and falling behind 4-1. While the Leafs did manage to direct some chances at the Tampa net, by the time they got...